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Germany requests classified briefing on F-15 and F-18

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posted on Mar, 1 2018 @ 07:53 AM
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Depends at what Air Force you are looking at. The Luftwaffe uses them pretty much exclusively as an interceptor / air superiority fighter and demonstrated little enthusiasm to adapt the aircraft for the Air to Ground role.
In fact, they introduced the first bombs for the Eurofighter (GBU-48s) just 3 months ago. A decade and a half after entering service. Integration of Brimstone and GBU-54 will happen at a later as yet unspecified date. Stupid politics and incompetence as usual

Air Forces like the RAF or SPAF started adapting their Typhoons years ago. The British had a limited AtG capability on Tranche 1 Typhoons as far back as 2007 i believe. These days they can carry a pretty good weapons mix, but to be fair, its still not comparable to F-Teen multiroles. The British continue to push for further integration programs though. P2E Evaluation has been completed last year and gave them Meteor AAMs and Storm Shadow Cruise Missiles along with a whole lot of avionic improvements. P3E is moving forward as well which will add the Brimstone ASM.
So its getting there, for the RAF at least. Others like Germany are lacking well behind, mostly due to political reasons. They are perfectly happy with an interceptor that cant bomb innocent civilians. Doesnt do well in the left leaning press and populace.




 
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